"Whenever I am searching for a certain sound quality, I know that I can find it from the Mike Balter collection of mallets."
Mr. Carroll has been playing timpani and percussion for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since joining the orchestra in 1983. He has performed under such conductors as Carlo-Maria Giulini, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, and Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Carroll has made numerous recordings with the Philharmonic on various labels including Angel, Phillips, Sony, Sheffield Lab, and Telarc. Mr. Carroll also records motion picture soundtracks for Hollywood studio composers such as Maurice Jarre, David Newman, Arthur Rubinstein, Alan Silvestri, and Terence Blanchard.
In addition to his performing, Mr. Carroll is an active teacher/clinician on timpani, percussion, and West African drumming. He taught for nearly 20 years at his Alma Mater, California State University Los Angeles, and has taught at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Music Academy, and California State University Long Beach. Mr. Carroll is currently the head of percussion at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mr. Carroll is the founder and owner of Batterie Music, a publishing company specializing in music for the symphonic percussionist. His highly acclaimed timpani method “Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani” and the multi-volume orchestral repertoire series are among his published works.